First of all, credit for this week's link up with Mama Kat goes to my BFFC (best friend from childhood) who posted this pic for throwback Thursday:
with the note, "I often feel left out on TBT since I really
have so few old pics in digital format (yes, I'm that old!) But had fun
going through photos at Mom & Dad's recently. Abby and Shari,
do you remember this one? I'm pretty sure it was taken when we visited CO after we had moved to Texas. I recognize Guano but
who are the other kids?"
I have no recollection whatsoever of this photo being taken, but I knew every kid in it right away. I'm guessing it was taken just prior to my freshman or sophomore year of high school.
That be me on the far left, my BFFC is third from the left in the back, her little sister Shari in front of her. Guano is next to her in the green shirt. The girl in blue next to me is the older sister of the boy on the far right.
We're standing/sitting in and around an ice cream truck.
The girl in blue and her brother had an ice cream truck business. They hired my brother Guano as a third employee, maybe considering that the young brother in orange wasn't yet old enough to drive?
The ice cream truck consisted of a Toyota (I think) pickup with a homemade canopy covering the ice cream freezer in the bed.
I don't remember how many summers the truck was in operation or how much profit it raked in. Just something I imagine the parents thought up to keep the kids out of trouble and productive?
I often accompanied Guano during his shifts, and I think it's safe to say that the ice cream truck was a pretty popular business around town. There was a bell attached to a string for ringing that reached into the cab - none of those electro tunes that play in ice cream trucks nowadays. I also remember my Grandma referring to Guano as "The Good Humor Man", which usually put him in ill humor.
And I know it looks and sounds all very Normal Rockwellian, and it almost was...
In our hometown, a major pastime was going cruising on Friday and Saturday nights, or "Dragging Main" as we called it. Anyone who was anyone Dragged Main on the weekends. Looking for a party, looking to hook up, looking to be seen.
So there was Guano with a fresh driver's license and no car. But he had an ice cream truck! Yeah, I remember Dragging some Main in that ice cream truck, the Norman Rockwellian bell accidentally clanging on the bumpy roads, followed by Guano saying, "SH*T, go get the bell!"
Now, my youngest kid is about to be a high school freshman. How can that be? I still often think of myself as that kid riding shotgun in the ice cream truck, or hanging out at the pool with my friends while my brother, The NOT Good Humor Man, would sell a freezer full of treats in the pool parking lot.
And who knew an ice cream truck's tires could squeal in the pool parking lot? Unless by some strange connection, the owners of the truck come across this blog post. In that case, there's no way that cute truck laid rubber in the pool parking lot, EXCEPT THAT IT DID.
For the prompt:
2.) What grade is your child going to be in? Share a memory you have of yourself at that same age.